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Arkansas man sentenced to 40 years for child pornography offenses

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – An Arkansas man was sentenced Thursday for producing and possessing child pornography, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Rogers Police Department, Ark.

Brandon Davis, 35, was sentenced to 40 years in prison with no parole for production of child pornography and for possessing a cell phone that contained child pornography.

"Each child seen in these pornographic videos is an innocent victim of those who produce, possess, transport and share child pornography. Unfortunately, these images are being viewed over and over again, perpetuating the abuse of these children," said Raymond R. Parmer, Jr., special agent in charge of ICE HSI in New Orleans. "ICE HSI will continue to diligently work with our law enforcement partners to identify child predators and bring them to justice." Parmer oversees a five-state area which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.

"Crimes such as these take a terrible, immeasurable toll on our communities and target those most vulnerable in them – our kids. In the Western District of Arkansas, we will continue to aggressively prosecute crimes that exploit children." said Conner Eldridge, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.

On April 29, Davis pleaded guilty to producing child pornography by a person in custody and control of a child and to possessing a cell phone that contained child pornography images. A grand jury returned an indictment on Davis on Jan. 13.

Davis recorded a video of himself engaged in a sexual act with a minor in November 2010 while he was caring for that child and several others in a residence in Rogers, Ark. Davis saved the video on his cell phone. A few days later, his wife inadvertently discovered the video of Davis engaged in sexual activity with the minor. She called the Rogers Police Department, who interviewed Davis while child advocacy professionals interviewed and examined the child. The production of the video was referred to the Department of Homeland Security for additional investigation, since the materials used to make the video had been manufactured overseas.

Davis pleaded guilty to the indictment, as charged, and admitted that he used a child to engage in sexual activity for the purpose of producing a video of that activity.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyra E. Jenner.